The Discoveries Monument was first built for the 1940 World Exibition. It was demolished & the same was rebuilt in 1960 for the 500th death anniversary of Henry the Navigator. This majestic monument is erected at the Marina of Belém, where Vasco da Gama embarked after his voyage to India (1847). In 1893, Christopher Colombus also anchored here on his way back home after his discovery of America.
This 171ft monument, shaped like a ship's prow is made of cement and rose colored stone. The statues of 33 navigators are made out of limestone.On the bow of the ship is the Henry the Navigator holding a model of a carrack. He 's followed by King Afonso V, who supported African exploration. Then comes Vasco da Gama who discovered direct sea route to India, Pedro Alvares Cabrel who discovered Brazil & Ferdinand Magellan who circumnavigate the world for the first time. The others took major role in the Age of Discoveries.
Inside the monument there's a museum & an elevator leads to the top to see the panoramic view of Lisbon.